Written by Dentistry Today Thursday, 24 January 2013 21:01
The International and American Associations for Dental Research recently made a discovery that could be pivotal for tooth root formation.
The protein called ß-catenin is expressed in odontoblasts and is required for root formation. The Chonbuk National Korea School of Dentistry wrote the research paper and it appeared in the Journal of Dental Research.
The tooth root and the surrounding periodontium maintain the tooth in the jaw. The root develops after the process of morphogenesis. Prior to this study, little was known about the molecular mechanisms that control tooth root formation.